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Editorial: Massachusetts' public pension system can't live up to pledges

Oct 16 2013

The Republican

“A variety of factors account for this reality, including legislation to enhance benefits and provide early retirement incentives,” the report said. The MTF's report also noted that the retirement systems had failed to achieve what it called “the 8 percent or 8.25 percent target for annual earnings on pension assets.”
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Report: Pension debt soaring for cities, towns

Oct 15 2013

The Salem News

Sounding a fiscal warning alarm to state officials and municipal leaders alike, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has cited an update showing that cities, towns and the state remain dangerously underfunded when it comes to public pension and long-term health benefits — and that the situation is growing worse.
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Romneycare and Obamacare

Sep 29 2013

AP / The Providence Journal

The fiscally conservative Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation has called Romneycare “a well thought-out piece of legislation.” Its sharpest critics, the group noted, are from out of state or single-payer advocates on the left.
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Obamacare vs. Romneycare: Lessons for today's 'shutdown' debacle

Sep 29 2013

By Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor

“There’s a lot of wild accusations that the law is breaking the bank in Massachusetts, and that is simply not the case,” foundation president Michael Widmer told Forbes during the 2012 presidential campaign. “I think the state’s healthcare reform has been a huge success and is probably the best policy achievement in the last 25 years.”
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Game soon over on Obamacare

Sep 25 2013

By Froma Harrop, Providence Journal

The fiscally conservative Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation praises Romneycare. The program’s sharpest critics, the group says, are from out of state or single-payer advocates on the left.
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The Massachusetts (health care) experiment

Jun 4 2013

By Amanda Gengler, CNN Money

Still with more employees signing up, overall benefits costs rose -- the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates that businesses spent an extra $500 million in 2012 due to reform.
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Most towns poorly prepared to pay for retirement benefits

Mar 4 2013

By David Riley and Michael Morton and Laura Krantz, MetroWest Daily News

“Over time, it will take more and more of the budget,” said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which issued two recent reports criticizing the benefits. “There’s no dodging it.”
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Patrick bill targets unfunded liabilities

Feb 26 2013

By Michael Hartwell, The Lowell Sun

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called the freeze a "poison pill." He said the benefits promised to government employees within the state were unrealistically high and provide much more than what any private-sector employer gives today. Widmer added that the bill will give few savings over the next decade.
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Municipal health care reform leads to $205 million in savings

Jan 25 2013

Hopkington Crier

“This is among the most meaningful municipal reforms in decades, and its success has surpassed all expectations,” Michael Widmer, the foundation’s president, said in the release. “The early and widespread adoption by communities across the state shows the importance of this tool in providing municipal budget relief, both now and for years to come.”
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Massachusetts must act on retire health care reform

Jan 24 2013

By Michael J. Widmer, Ashland Tab

Building on the success of municipal health reform, the Legislature has an important opportunity in 2013 to address the issue of retiree health care liabilities that threaten to strangle the finances of cities and towns in Massachusetts.
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